"There are so many ways to use derivatives that I'm almost surprised when someone doesn't use them. Producers and consumers, investors and issuers, hedgers and speculators, governments and financial institutions: almost everyone can use them." - From the Foreword by Fischer Black, Cocreator of the Black-Scholes Model
Never before has there been so much interest in equity derivatives-or so much innovation in structuring these products. As new forms of instruments proliferate, their complexity has grown as well. Even equity derivatives professionals are unlikely to know all the details about every existing structure. With equity derivatives comprising one of the most important components of the capital markets, it's more crucial than ever for every financial professional, specialist and nonspecialist alike, to understand how derivative instruments behave, how they're structured, and how to use them profitably.
Edited by leading thinkers in the field, The Handbook of Equity Derivatives, Revised Edition, assembles dozens of experts from universities and Wall Street to help the reader gain a practical grasp of the growing variety of financial instruments and how they work. Contributions from such respected authorities as Gary Gastineau, Mark Rubinstein,
J. Gregg Whittaker, and Fischer Black outline the full range of the equity derivatives market, from classic warrants, options, and futures to the new and innovative PERCs, equity swaps, and equity-linked bonds.
In nonmathematical language, the book provides a clear introduction to equity derivatives, including the fundamentals and history of options, basic equity structures, and pricing determinants, along with a historical perspective on their evolution. You'll find thorough surveys of:
The burgeoning field of synthetic structures-OTC options and exotics, equity swaps, SPINs, SIGNs, PENs, MITTs, and SuperShares
U.S. and foreign derivatives traded on organized exchanges
Issuer derivative structures, such as warrants, convertibles, PERCs, and unbundled stock units
The unique tax, legal, accounting, and regulatory features of derivatives
How to make the most profitable use of the many equity derivative products
Why some financial instruments succeed-and others fail
The future of the equity derivative market- place
Whether you're a finance student becoming familiar with the field or a practicing professional seeking better ways to exploit the tremendous potential of equity derivatives for profit, The Handbook of Equity Derivatives, Revised Edition belongs on your bookshelf.
"I heartily endorse The Handbook of Equity Derivatives . . . while the market is continuously inventing new instruments and discarding older ones, the clarity and straightforward nature of the handbook hints at a longevity that will make it useful for many years to come." - Stephen A. Ross Sterling Professor of Economics and Finance, MIT (on the first edition)
The most relied-upon resource on equity derivative instruments, their structure, and diverse global markets- now extensively revised and updated
Once, equity derivatives were exotic instruments relegated to the hands of specialists. Today, they are among the institutional investor's most popular tools for managing risk and uncovering new profit opportunities. Recognized for its authoritative contributors and its accessible, comprehensive coverage of the entire field, The Handbook of Equity Derivatives has become the standard reference on the subject for specialist and nonspecialist alike. Now, this essential resource has been carefully updated and revised to cover the most current innovations in these continually evolving investment vehicles, including:
Comprehensive coverage of the all-important OTC market
Basic equity structures and how they work
PERCs, SPIDERs, and WEBs
The Black-Scholes model
The best uses for and profit potential of new derivative products
Key accounting, tax, and regulatory issues
JACK CLARK FRANCIS is Professor of Economics and Finance at Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City and author of several well-known college textbooks. He previously served as a Federal Reserve economist and on the finance faculty of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
WILLIAM W. TOY is a Vice President in the Equity Derivatives Department at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and a codeveloper of the Black-Derman-Toy interest rate options model. He holds a PhD in physics from MIT.
J. GREGG WHITTAKER is a Managing Director and the global head of Credit Derivatives for Chase Securities in New York City and a former senior vice president of S. G. Warburg, where he headed the Equity-Structured Products Division. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin.